What is your favourite way of celebrating Holi in Lucknow?
Holi is here and much like anywhere in North India, the city of Nawabs has its own traditions and quintessential nuances that make our Holi, special. While some of these traditions are new, some are as old as time and we just cannot imagine a Holi without indulging in at least some of the things we have listed below.
So if you're in Lucknow and are wondering how to make your Holi extra special try out these few things and you'll be sure to have an epic Holi celebration.
Get a taste of Raja ki Thandai
Raja ki Thandai at Chowk is as iconic as Lucknow itself and heading here for an after-Holi taste of deliciousness is just what we need to make our day extra special. The delicious thandai infused with saffron, rich nuts and herbs can instantly cool us down and there's no better drink than this one.
Relishing some homemade Dahibade, Aloo Papad and Gujhiyas
If there's one thing that we cannot escape about Holi or rather, don't want to skip about Holi celebrations, it is the homemade goods. Be it the traditional soft, sweet and tangy Dahi badas, the very crunchy and delicious aloo papads and the sweet-sweet deep fried gujhiyas, these are things that make our celebrations special and we cannot imagine a Holi without!
Amma yar, 'Rang Barse' pe nahi nache toh kya nache
Can Holi, even be Holi if we don't dance like crazy to this very famous Amitabh Bachchan song. 'Rang Barse' is a song that can get us in the mood anytime anywhere. We don't know what is it about the song, AB's amazing voice or the traditional Awadhi way in which he sings, we just cannot think of a Holi celebration without Rang Barse.
Get yourself some organic colours from Ajara
With so much infection, disease and adulteration everywhere in the world, our best bet at enjoying a skin-allergy free Holi is buying organic colours. So if you're in Lucknow and are looking for a good old 'Holi mein ude re gulaal' feels, get yourself some organic gulaal from Ajara and know that no matter what, you won't be getting a skin rash.
The local markets too are offering a variety of organic colours, so you can head to the nearest one and get your fill of colours as well.
Make it a point to get colourful wigs and weird Chashmas
For those who're looking for a bit more fun in during the Holi celebrations, the local markets in Lucknow are like a pandora's box. You can buy the amazingly vibrant wigs, scary masks or funky goggles and give yourself a Holi look that is just plain unforgettable. Plus, you'll be sure to get awesome pictures for the 'Gram!
Treat yourself unique gujhiyas from Hazelnut Factory
Though, only an year old, The Hazelnut Factory and its deliciously flaky gujhiyas have made a home into the hearts of Lucknowites. The very-many varieties offered this year around ensure that we have a delicious treat at our hands and a unique gift for our loved ones as well!
Share the joy with someone else
Holi is a celebration of everything that is joyous and amazing in our lives, a time where we don't think twice about splurging and indulging in things. This can also be the time to share your good fortunes with someone else. Feed a poor person, buy colours for kids, help put a smile on someone's face and celebrate a Holi that is as giving as it is indulgent.
Happy Holi folks!